number one pet peeve of all academia related to literature:
- when men are characters but women are symbols
River likes a glass of wine.
I think this is part of why I prefer s5+ to s1-4: no one ever makes a big production over the fact that River likes wine, it’s just shown to us by having River drink wine multiple times and not spit it out and thank her mother for having some and swap tea for champagne. Shown, not told; and it’s easy to miss it, but if you pay attention it’s one of those small details that make the character feel lived in; feel alive.
And no one ever stamps their feet and demands we notice that Clara enjoys tea and is constantly surrounded by books; no one ever writes out a banner saying “Amy Pond’s hobbies include history, art, and painting her nails” (I love Amy’s painted nails, by the way), those traits are just shown to us by having it come up again and again. It’s a completely different style to… I like Martha best, I’m allowed to do her… like, Martha’s a geek, right? Look at her. Except that I put together every reference I could find and it was in three episodes, and one of those you’d only include if you were desperate to make a neat 6-gif grid. *cough* Basically, it’s something Gareth Roberts made up for one episode, and none of the other writers followed up on it. But because it’s painted so vividly it shows up in every piece of fanfiction or EU that cares even slightly about her.
And there’s pros and cons to both versions; once you’re thrown a line like All that attitude, all that lip, because all this time you think you’re not worth it. Shouting at the world because no one’s listening. Well, why should they? it’s very, very easy to get a handle on Donna’s character because, well, they just outlined her psychology. It’s very *vivid*, and the Moffat-era style is much more subtle. I prefer the latter: the characters feel more real to me, and there’s always more to discover. But if you don’t want to rewatch and think over the episodes a lot, the quieter approach can leave you with characters that feel sparse.
Beyond Belief + tumblr [x]
"Eleven’s hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve’s"
Evelyn: Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I… am a librarian.